Man sent to trial for defilement of a minor

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A man in his 50s has been sent forward to trial for alleged defilement of a minor in Galway City.

Evidence was given to Galway District Court by Detective Garda John Horkan this week, that a book of evidence had been served on the accused

The man has been charged with two counts of defilement of a child under the age of 17.

The offences are alleged to have occurred at an address in Galway City in 2017.

The court heard that the DPP has consented to the accused man being sent forward to trial at the sitting of Galway Circuit Court commencing in October.

Judge Mary Fahy made the return order, and informed the accused man that if he wished to use an alibi, the state must be informed in advance.

The judge also ordered that the identity of the accused must not be reported.

Free legal aid was awarded to the accused man for a solicitor and junior counsel.